In Pakistan, Youm-e-Shuhada is observed on April 30 to remember the brave martyr who died protecting the country and its values. The highest military decoration, Nishan-e-Haider is awarded to those members of the armed forces who showed extraordinary gallantry against the enemy. We list those 10 brave individuals who were awarded the honor, all of which have received it posthumously.
The first person to receive this honor was Captain Raja M. Sarwar Shaheed who died following his attempt to cut through the enemy lines during the Indo-Pak war of 1948.
Major Tufail M. Shaheed is the only person to receive the award for an action outside of the Indo-Pak wars. He played an important role in recapturing a village from Indian forces violating the treaty.
Major Raja A. Bhatti Shaheed is remembered for his valor in the face of overwhelming odds. During the Indo-Pak of 1965, he defended a strategic outpost from enemy forces.
Rashid Minhas Shaheed, at age 20, is the youngest recipient of the honor. During the 1971 war, he struggled to regain control of the jet plane from a defecting pilot, which ultimately resulted in the plane crashing, killing them both.
Major Rana S.S. Shaheed holds the unique position of receiving three of the most coveted military awards of Pakistan namely the Nishan-e-Haider, Sitara-e-Jurat and the sword of honor. He died defending a strategically important bridge from enemy tank advancements. He was the older brother of current COAS Raheel Sharif.
Sawar M. H. Janjua Shaheed is remembered for playing a critical role in stopping the enemy advance, resulting in the destruction of 16 enemy tanks but was killed in action by machine gun fire. He received the award for his gallantry and leadership.
Major M. Akram Shaheed is remembered for his role in the Battle of the hill where with his leadership and planning managed to hold off the enemy for five days until he was killed by enemy fire.
Mahfuz Shaheed received the award for his daring assault on an enemy bunker unarmed while wounded. He managed to kill two enemy soldiers before succumbing g to his wounds.
Captain K.S Khan Shaheed became the recipient of the award after his daring attempt at capturing the enemy post in broad daylight that was considered suicidal. He successfully forced the enemy into a retreat but was killed while pursuing them to their base camp.
Lalak Jan Shaheed was the latest member of the arm forces to be awarded Nishan-e-Haider for his gallantry during the Kargil conflict.